Creating Asthma Friendly Environments

Children and youth with asthma need to be supported where they live, learn and play.

The goal of this website is to provide recommendations and resources for organizations to develop asthma friendly and supportive environments for children and youth. Recommendations and resources are organized by your role in creating asthma-friendly environments. Empowering children in a supportive environment helps children develop life-long skills for controlling their asthma. Your commitment to creating and maintaining an asthma-friendly environment will lead the better well-being and safety of children and youth in your care. 


This section of the website is intended for use by members of the school community to support the implementation of the requirements set out in Ryan’s Law 2015 (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools). It also supports the implementation of  PPM 161 - Supporting Children and Students with Prevalent Medical Conditions (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, and/or epilepsy) in Schools.

What is an Asthma Friendly School?

An Asthma Friendly School is one that works towards achieving seven essential goals in order to  support the entire school community in understanding and managing asthma.

Seven Goals for becoming an Asthma Friendly School:

  • Establish a process to identify students with asthma.
  • Allow students with asthma easy access to asthma medication.
  • Establish a process for handling worsening asthma.
  • Identify and reduce common asthma triggers within the school environment.
  • Encourage students with asthma to participate in physical activity and play.
  • Provide opportunities for asthma education.
  • Collaborate to create an asthma friendly school.